I just found this in our junk mail folder! I'm glad I checked it before clearing it out.
This handy utility will manage the mods you have in your base folder, as well as allow you to automatically load Jedi Academy with either JA+ or ForceMod 3 if you so desire. The way it works is that it will detect any PK3s you currently have in your base folder, and you will be able to add new PK3s from a secondary directory on your hard drive or you can remove PK3 files from your base folder for easy installation/uninstallation.
My biggest complaint is that when the author claims that mods are 'uninstalled' he really means it -- they are instantly removed from your hard drive as far as I can tell. It seems to me like it would be more practical to have the program set up to read two locations -- the base folder and a mod storage folder -- and just move PK3s between the two so the user doesn't have to worry about backing up the PK3 files every time they want to intall/uninstall an individual mod.
Besides this, this seems like a very useful utility with a lot of potential. Make sure to leave you suggestions to improve it so the author can make newer and better versions!
Some very important updates and changes have been made to this mod manager to make it even more useful! Let's have a looksee at the changelog, shall we?
- Method of installation/uninstallation has been changed to simply move files between two folders rather than actually deleting them.
- Clan Mod has been added to the Launcher list.
- A few lines of redundant coding have been removed.
- Size has been lowered by 4Kb, to 52Kb (for those who are worried about disk usage)
Now that last bit in the changelog really amuses me. Anyone who is concerned over 4kb really needs to rethink their life. :p
In any case, these updates are definitely a great improvement. You'll no longer have to worry about accidentally deleting files when you go to 'uninstall' them! This is a big relief for me, plus it reduces the amount of work the user has to do in backing up the files each time. Definitely useful for people who are always swapping mods in and out... or for folks like us who need to constantly clear out our base folder... ;)
Keep suggesting improvements! We're only at v0.5 after all, so I'm sure he'd love to hear your suggestions for future versions.
Important Note: Make sure to read the read-me for some very important installation instructions if you have JAMM v0.4 installed! You will not delete any files by accident, but the mod manager will not function properly.
*********************************** Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy *********************************** TITLE: JAMM - Jedi Academy Mod Manager v0.5 AUTHOR: JimiF E-MAIL: email@example.com FILENAME: JAMM v0.5.exe FILESIZE: 52 kb DATE RELEASED: 4 October 2007 INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS: Remove the following files from your GameData directory: * JAMM v0.4.exe * config.txt Then copy the file to your GameData directory and run it. I'm currently developing an installer so this is no longer required, just click and it'll be installed. Any mods that you wish to use with the mod installer must be placed in the ModBin directory located in your GameData folder after the first run (this only needs to be done once. A tool is being developed that will copy all the .pk3's from your base folder to this folder, however it is still being created so manual cut and pasting is required) DESCRIPTION: JAMM is a Mod Manager for Jedi Academy, showing all currently installed mods in the \base folder (except japlus_gla_anims.pk3) and allows you to execute Jedi Academy with either ForceMod III, Jedi Academy Plus, ClanMod or No Game Mod activated automatically (saving you having to go to Setup>Mods after loading the game). It also has a .pk3 installer/uninstaller which is simple and easy to use, making it really easy for those of us who don't know how to install a .pk3 or those of us who just can't be bothered to load the \base folder. Simply click the file you want to install/uninstall in the appropriate list and click the appropriate button. The program is still being developed (hence only v0.5) and I open to suggestion about features you would like to see in it. Email me any suggestions and I'll see what I can do. FEATURES ADDED SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION: * Method of installation/uninstallation has been changed to simply move files between two folders rather than actually deleting them. * Clan Mod has been added to the Launcher list. * A few lines of redundant coding have been removed. * Size has been lowered by 4Kb, to 52Kb (for those who are worried about disk usage) BUGS: No bugs have been found, however, if you do find a bug, please email me details of exactly what you were trying to do at the time of the bug occurring. COMMENTS: Special thanks to Frazer Whatley, Simon Hawley and Daniel Regan for testing. THIS MODIFICATION IS NOT MADE, DISTRIBUTED, OR SUPPORTED BY ACTIVISION, RAVEN, OR LUCASARTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LLC. ELEMENTS TM & © LUCASARTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LLC AND/OR ITS LICENSORS.
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